Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League Central Luzon leg launched at AUF-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
ANGELES CITY -- The Central Luzon leg of the Shakey's Girls' Volleyball League was launched at the Angeles University Foundation (AUF) Sports Complex here on Thursday.
At least eight teams from various schools compete in the four-day regional leg and the winning team will represent Central Luzon in the national finals, which will be held in Manila on January 13 to 17, 2014.
Participating school’s include the AUF, Rafael Lazatin Memorial High School, Republic Central College, Pampanga High School, Holy Family Academy in Pampanga; San Miguel National High School in Bulacan; and College of Immaculate Concepcion in Nueva Ecija.
The SGVL, an inter-school volleyball tournament among High School Girls’ Teams from around the Philippines, has earned a solid reputation of being the premier league of private and public high school volleyball teams nationwide.
Johanz Danyz Buenvenida, tournament director and vice president for operations of Metro Sports, said that they want to promote volleyball as girls’ sports at the same time improve the playing skills of students.
Now on its 11th season, the Shakey’s Girls’ Volleyball League has brought volleyball into a more competitive level and inspired more young players to step up and improve their skills, according to Buenvenida.
"With great conviction from Metro Sports Founding President Mr. Freddie Infante our group and unwavering support of Shakey's headed by Mr. Vic Gregorio, the Shakey's Girl's Volleyball League is not about to rest on its laurels," Buenvenida said.
He added that Shakey's and Metro Sports are committed to standardizing the league into the International Competition Level.
The introduction and strict implementation of International Playing Protocol, tournament Rules according to the updated FIVB Rules, PVF Licensed National and International Referees as game officials, Enforcement of FIVB-standard playing uniforms proved to be a landmark of the SGVL, Buenvenida said.
He added that the number of participating teams in the regional legs and tournament of champions is only 10 to ensure that only the "creamiest of the crop are enlisted."
"But this is not to discourage other teams to join but to raise the level of competition and to encourage the other High School Girls’ Volleyball Teams to train hard in order to qualify for the SGVL," Buenvenida said.
"This is simply cementing SGVL’s reputation of being a sought-after premier national league, the only ONE of its kind in the Philippine Volleyball setting," he added.
Eight regional champions and two guest teams from Australia and New Zealand will battle it out in the tournament of champions set in January next year.
"This highly anticipated tournament will surely showcase explosive games and spectacular plays from the brightest Junior Volleyball players of the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand," Buenvenida said.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 28, 2013.